“Four Old Broads” Wins Centre Stage’s New Play Festival

Leslie Kimbell is awarded $500 to develop her new play "Four Old Broads." Photo courtesy of Bert Wakeley.
Leslie Kimbell is awarded $500 to develop her new play “Four Old Broads.” Photo courtesy of Bert Wakeley.

Congratulations to  Leslie Kimbell for winning Centre Stage’s 14th Annual New Play Festival with “Four Old Broads” set in the Magnolia Manor retirement home in Georgia.

The staged reading of “Four Old Broads” was directed by Ruth Wood. Kimbell was awarded $500 to develop the play and “Four Old Broads” will be produced at Centre Stage during the 2017-18 season.

The three  finalists  in this competition were selected from  150 submissions and given staged readings during festival week.  The other two finalists were “The Old, Sad Songs” by Stephan Cedars (Directed by Jessica Eckenrod) and “The Laws of the Stars” by Jenny Marlowe (Directed by Blake Logan).

The festival began with a full-staging of last year’s festival winner “The Volunteer” and concluded with a staged reading of “The Men of Mah Jongg” written by Centre Stage’s Playwright-in-Residence, Richard Atkins, who also wrote the season’s upcoming Main Stage play “DelikateSSen” (May 11-21, 2017).

Retired Burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.”  A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend Eaddy Mae Clayton to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. Newest resident Imogene Fletcher is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart evil nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side”, what exactly IS that mysterious pill and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all


Leslie Kimbell was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and now resides in the tiny town of Winder, Georgia. She can usually be found digging through the local thrift shops and picking up discarded items from off of the side of the road to paint and use in whatever play she is currently working on.

Leslie gained the majority of her life experience and sense of humor from twenty two years traveling the world as a Burlesque Headliner and Showgirl. Leslie retired from the Burlesque circuit in 2006 to pursue her dream of being a wife, mommy, actor and writer. Leslie is the proud mother to two “drop dead gorgeous” boys Cameron and Logan and wife to the “long suffering” Scott. Leslie is also a theatre and film actor. In 2015, Leslie appeared in Season 3 of Swamp Murders on Investigation Discovery and had supporting roles in the movies BURIED CAIN and The Midnight Man which will both be released on DVD this year. She also had a supporting role in NOWHERE U.S.A. – a Pilot for Netflix. Recent theatrical roles include Florence in The Odd Couple  (Female Version)and Mrs. Braddock in The Graduate. FOUR OLD BROADS is inspired by the memories of her Nannie De Vries and Aunt Sissie who were always sassy old broads. This is Leslie’s first play and she has been thrilled and honored to be mentored by the amazing Del Shores.

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